NORTH FORSYTH — The former treasurer of a north Forsyth homeowners association will spend two to three months in custody after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the neighborhood bank account.
Elizabeth Mills Wilson, 32, negotiated a plea for withdrawing about $40,000 over an 18-month span, according to Forsyth County Superior Court documents.
The account had been liquidated down to about $1,000 when the HOA president, Clint Smith, discovered a landscaping company had not been paid for work in The Manor at Harmon Lake.
Wilson was ordered to serve 60 to 90 days in the State Probation Detention Center and likely will be allowed to spend the remaining length of her sentence on probation, according to court documents.
Super Court Judge Phillip C. Smith also has ordered Wilson to pay $3,348 in restitution to The Manor’s HOA within 24 hours of her April 16 sentencing.
According to authorities, she had reportedly paid back about 80 percent of the missing money since September, when residents voted to press charges. She was arrested in early December.
Initial reports from the sheriff’s office indicated she had taken $38,686 for reasons not immediately known, though a Manor resident who audited the HOA’s account said that figure was closer to $43,000.
Despite some public misconceptions, Wilson is not a blood relative of current Forsyth County Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills; they were connected only through the official’s ex-husband.
Commissioner Mills has said there’s frequent confusion that stems from the fact that she and Wilson’s mother have the same first name.
Elizabeth Mills Wilson must also complete 120 hours of community service within one year of her sentencing and must pay monthly probation supervision fees, according to court documents.